Conservative group slams Obama with ads
October 17th, 2011
10:04 AM ET
3 years ago

Conservative group slams Obama with ads

Washington (CNN) – As President Barack Obama hits the road in North Carolina and Virginia to sell his jobs plan this week, a conservative group is pushing back through an ad set to air in the two states.

American Crossroads released the 30-second spot Sunday night. Titled "Don't," the ad features a quote from former President Bill Clinton saying a raise in taxes "won't solve the problem."

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Clinton has previously disputed the group's use of his words, which he said in a September speech. He's argued the quote was taken out of context and that he stands by the president's jobs plan.

The ad mostly hits Obama over the so-called "millionaire's tax," a compromise reached between Senate Democrats and the White House that would help pay for Obama's $447 billion jobs plan. The controversial measure would raise taxes on those making more than $1 million.

When brought to a vote on Capitol Hill last week, however, the measure failed to gain enough approval and was stalled in the Senate.

The ad aims to show Obama waffling on his position on taxes, quoting him from 2009 saying that the "last thing we want to do is raise taxes in the middle of a recession."

"But today, he's different," the narrator said, referring to the tax increase proposal. "President Obama's latest way is still the wrong way."

The $80,000 ad buy will air in Virginia until Tuesday and in North Carolina from Monday through Wednesday. Obama won both battleground states in the 2008 presidential election.

"The president's new jobs bill is based on the old ideas behind the first failed stimulus – only this time it's tied to a massive tax hike," said American Crossroads communications director Jonathan Collegio in a statement.

American Crossroads is a conservative independent advocacy group that has become a major player in backing Republican causes and candidates.

But Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC that launched in 2010 to compete with Republican groups, countered the ad's message, saying it misleads viewers into thinking the president wants to raise taxes on middle class families.

"The billionaires and oil companies funding these ads are desperate to stop President Obama's plan that would ask them to pay their fair share in taxes to reduce our debt and create jobs," said Bill Burton, senior strategist for the group, in a statement.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • American Crossroads • Bill Clinton • President Obama
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. gt

    obama job plan is a political joke and everyone knows its going no where even senate democrates wont vote for it....but the tax on millionares who dont created jobs.... go for it..

    October 17, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    Obama has already proven that you cannot buy the economy back to life. You would have thought he would have learned from that. But he has not. He continues to hang his hat on the same failed strategy, even though Senate Democrats have already rejected it. There are very few explanations. Either:

    A. He is getting bad advice from is Economic Advisors, or
    B. He is not listening to his Economic Advisors, or
    C. He is making economic decisions based on bad advice from his Political Advisors, or
    D. B and C above.
    I believe that the correct answer is D. It is all politics from here on out. Axelrod is in control of the Administration.

    October 17, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Mr.D

    It is always very easy to criticize, but offer no solutions and please don't tell me more tax cut for the "job creators" and cut is govt spending...the problem we have right now is demand problem, and when you cut govt spending during recession, it's people that are being laid off not buidlings and when people don't have jobs they cannot spend if they do not spend business can't make profits no matter how much you reduce taxes. The problem of stimulus was that it was not enough to deal with the problem, unemployment reduced when it was implemented but stopped when the teabaggers cme to power. Yes, govt needs to reduce the deficit but not when the ecnomy is already in the tank!

    October 17, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Stratmaster

    Gee. American Crossroads doesn't like an Obama idea? What a surprise.

    October 17, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Durundal

    Congratulations, they have made government less about ability and character, and more about 'godliness' and another PR war on reality. It sickens me that they have managed to take an esteemed position and turn it into a reality show-esque debacle. The [R] greats of old would be rolling over in their graves to see what a mockery these 'neocons' have been playing at in the name of 'the people'.

    October 17, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Good for North Carolina and Virginia
    Where ever Obama goes he stimulates the economy. Where ever Obama goes American crossroads spend money

    October 17, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Lee

    It's funny Obama calls it a "jobs plan"... because it won't create ANY jobs to speak of! It's all political gaming and he knows it... too bad a lot of Americans don't "get it"... they just follow along like sheep and listen to everything he says like it's gospel... The only reason he has been out like gangbusters promoting this "job killing bill" is because he knew it wouldn't pass congress... heck, a lot of Democrats didn't like the bill in the Senate. He just wanted to be able to say "See, I told you the Republicans would block our jobs bill, they don't want Americans to have jobs. blah blah blah... He's so phony... why can't everyone see right through him like I did from the beginning. He's a very destructive, devious person and god help us if he isn't removed from the White House in 2012... I don't know if our fine country can rebound from 4 more years of his socialism and hate-filled rhetoric...

    October 17, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    The ad aims to show Obama waffling on his position on taxes, quoting him from 2009 saying that the "last thing we want to do is raise taxes in the middle of a recession."
    ---------------
    Uh, duh. In 2009, we were in the middle of a recession when he made those remarks.

    October 17, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Name Jeremy@Dallas

    We still remember the mess Republicans handed over to Obama. 2009 and 2010 we had economical growth and actually stopped slipping into depression. He helped auto industry and banks. Republican and tea party has stalled every traction generated in the past 2yrs. Republicans are to blame and not Obama. They promote social agenda and not economical agenda. Wake up American.

    October 17, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. maf

    @ Four, the only ones continuing to hang their hats on failed strategy are those who think extending the tax cuts to the wealthy is a way to create JOBS!! This has not worked for the past almost 10 YEARS now!!!
    The millionaire's surtax IS a way to pay for the JOBS BILL. Free Trade Agreements will NOT do anything for jobs in the short term. NAFTA is not working, what makes the GOP think that these 3 new trade agreements will create short term jobs??? You obviously are not voting Dem in 2012, we will see which side of the line gets more play soon.

    October 17, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Bill from GA

    Bill Clinton raised taxes and we wound up paying down our national debt for three years, until the Bush tax cuts were implemented.

    Obama's Stimulus turned around a sinking economy, which then flattened when the stimulus ended. (To 4-door and others who ignore the facts, GDP went from below MINUS 6% when Obama took office to over PLUS 4% a year and a half later.)

    Repugs will lie about the successes of Dems, and repeat their lies, until they are accepted as truth.

    October 17, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The first stimulus saved Texas, and a number of other failed red states. Only on right wing extreme media it was a failure. Eric Cantor, like most house republicans, had no problem taking credit for the jobs it created. It was not a failure, but it could have been better, it just had too many republican tax cuts, and not enough infrastructure work. In the final analysis, it stopped the job loss under the Bush/ republican near depression.(8 million jobs lost in Bush's last three years) Reality bites right wingnuts again.

    October 17, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Name Jeremy@Dallas

    If tax breaks to the very wealthy works,then why did Bush economics fail since 2003 when he put these taxes into play? We all agree that economy started to sink since then. Where are the jobs promised since 2003?

    October 17, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Mr. Kenneth

    The GOP/tea group;need to grow up.The president can say that he will pay for out of his pocket.they will say NO it is not about the laws,its about him (thank about).Most of the time it hurt them to call him ;Mr.President.. Now they have a plan;were has it been. Why is the only thing they can say, "put you away and let work togther on there plan" Why not work on the president wrote.They feel they are the only one that can write.jame brown had a song for this.

    October 17, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "American Crossroads is a conservative independent advocacy group that has become a major player in backing Republican causes and candidates."

    When hasn't Karl Rove been a major playing backing Republican causes and candidates? Unfortunately for Rove, the last presidential candidate Rove backed didn't turn out too well for America, did he? I imagine the next candidate he backs will be much the same as what we had in GW - who to this day, hasn't acknowledged the part HE played in our failing economy back in 2007. Nor has Rove for that matter.

    October 17, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Malory Archer

    Actually gt, every Dem, with the exception of two voted FOR it, and every teabagger/rethugliban voted AGAINST it. You really should try to keep up with current events so your posts aren't so misinformed/uninformed.

    October 17, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Niki

    I suppose the Republican/Tea Party plan of reproducing what Herbert Hoover did to exacerbate the Great Depression (cutting spending and jobs) would be better right? I'll take the FDR plan to take us out of a recession over the Hoover plan any day.

    October 17, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. BLKMANinAmerica

    CONs hard @ work spuing more and more LIES...................what else is new? Such HATERS.

    October 17, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Four and The Door

    Name Jeremy@Dallas
    We still remember the mess Republicans handed over to Obama. 2009 and 2010 we had economical growth and actually stopped slipping into depression. He helped auto industry and banks.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    He actually BOUGHT the auto industry and threw hundreds of billions of tax dollars at the banks. You and I and Americans for decades to come will help pay for it. Just don't expect the banks to lend any of their Obama billions to companies who actually use it to grow.

    October 17, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. diridi

    Well, I am not going to criticize any one, one thing is sure. It is GOP mess. In economy times like this, we need to RAISE TAX ON WHO MAKES MORE THAN 250K OR MORE, AND CUT DEFENSE SPENDING. POUR MONEY ON OUR SOIL, I.E, CONSTRUCTING BRIDGES, ROADS, RAIL, AIRPORTS. We have too many H1B visas overstaying in here. Be they Doctors, and or IT guys, we need to send them back. I know congress will obstruct JOBS BILL. Those idiots want Obama one term president., while he and his policies are workable. They know this, entire the world know this. Obama, Raise taxes on rich, and cut spending. o.k, Nothing happens. Pass Jobs Bill first. We need this bill... to keep going....Vote Direct Dem. in 2012. Obama2012. They guys who criticized never even voted for Dem in 2009. True, true, and true...tell this to three, and tell them to tell three...works..

    October 17, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. anant

    such foolishness that people are even making it a point of discussion... people are loosing jobs and are on the roads.. with enough loopholes and lesser percentage of taxes from the incomes..the richer are getting richer.. Obama has put forward a plan to do something about it... how many of you have gone through the plan...not many i am sure... Lets know what are the aspects of the plan and discuss each topics.... it cant be all rubbish because many economis minds must have pondered over the development of the plan...

    October 17, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. John Conservative

    Time to cut the federal budget. We can't afford to support these people that have given up on getting a job. Maybe a little
    hunger will make them see the light. If you want to eat take a part time job. Time to pull yourself put by your bootstraps.

    DON'T THINK WE THE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SUPPORT YOU FOREVER.

    October 17, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:
    He actually BOUGHT the auto industry and threw hundreds of billions of tax dollars at the banks.
    ------------------------–
    He *loaned* money to the auto industry when the financial industry stopped loaning anyone money. Republicans were content to watch the auto industry fail. BTW, the Republicans had an opportunity to have BOUGHT the auto industry and passed on it.

    As far as thowing hundreds of billions at the banks goes, are you blaming Obama for TARP? That seems to be a popular talking point on talk radio and amongst the Republican candidates.

    October 17, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Teabug

    John Conservative

    Time to cut the federal budget. We can't afford to support these people that have given up on getting a job. Maybe a little
    hunger will make them see the light. If you want to eat take a part time job. Time to pull yourself put by your bootstraps.

    DON'T THINK WE THE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SUPPORT YOU FOREVER.

    October 17, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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    Exactly. First up: all red states!

    October 17, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. And so begins...

    The year that I refuse to watch TV. Thanks American Crossroads.

    October 17, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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